Class Notes October 2008

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Class Notes October 2008

If you have career or personal news to share with the Hamline Law community, please feel free to drop us a note at lawalum@hamline.edu.  

Callie Schmitt ‘08 passed the Iowa bar and is currently working at Reynolds & Kenline, L.L.P. in Dubuque, IA.  It is a general practice firm and she came on as the 8th attorney in the firm.  Callie is in the process of applying for admission on motion to the Minnesota bar as well.

Joshua Townsend Sr. ‘08 has been admitted to the Idaho Bar and is currently an associate of Blackburn Law P.C. in Meridian, Idaho.  His focus is on Family Law and Criminal Defense.

Dori Smith '07 was presented with the Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award at the Twin Cities Cardozo Society Annual Dinner.  This award was created four years ago to honor the memory of Art Pfefer from St. Paul, an aspiring lawyer who was tragically killed in Vietnam.  The award is given to a Jewish law student or young lawyer in the first five years of practice who exemplifies current and future potential, outstanding leadership and commitment to the Jewish and general communities.

Melissa Lopez Franzen ‘06 was appointed as the Hispanic National Bar Association's National Representative to the Young Lawyer Division of the American Bar Association.  She is also the Senior Specialist for Government Affairs with Target Corporation, President-Elect of the MHBA, and recent recipient of the 25 on the Rise award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota.

Margaret P. Moss PhD, JD, RN ‘06 is currently in residence in Washington DC as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow.  Margaret is the first-ever Fellow from Hamline.  More information is available at the following link: http://healthpolicyfellows.org/profiles_currentfellows.php.  She will be placed in a Congressional Office or Committee following her orientation for the 111th Congress.  She will also be inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing at their November Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ.

Elizabeth Lambrecht ‘05 has joined the firm of Parker & Wenner in Minneapolis as an associate.  She represents small business clients in corporate formation and risk management and commercial litigation.

Kristy A. Saum ‘05 has joined the firm Messerli & Kramer P.A.'s Business Litigation Group.  She focuses her practice on general litigation. Her experience includes real estate matters involving construction defect claims.

Dule Vicovac ‘99 has left the United Nations to take up a position with the Danish Refugee Council in Serbia as Senior Legal Advisor in the "Legal Assistance Programme to the Institutions of the Government of Serbia dealing with Refugees and IDPs," funded by the European Union.

Jim Tanner '95 has written a book titled Vintage France: Adventures Along the French Wine Route.  The book came out in 2002 and still remains in the top 5% of sales at Barnes and Nobels.  He was also recently interviewed on Bergman's Bourgogne: Appetite for Burgundy  http://www.bourgogne-info.eu/ and was awarded best website design by the Chambre de Metier (the French equivalent of the Chamber of Commerce).

Jamie (Russ) Jensen ‘85 has moved to Seattle for his wife's health (she has MS).  "With only one kid left at home, I got bored and took the Washington Bar Exam, passed, and in November am taking over the real estate department of a small law firm in the Seattle area," according to Jamie.  In the 12 years since he last practiced law he developed residential real estate, but had time to build cedar strip canoes and ash snowshoes, become a ski patroller and an instrument pilot and teach Real Estate Law and Real Estate Development at the University of St. Thomas.

Barbara Miller ‘84 and Daniel Murray ‘93 have formed the law office of Miller and Murray, S.C, in downtown Hudson, WI.  The firm is committed to representing individuals and small businesses in the following areas: personal injury, civil litigation, family law, criminal law, mediation, and agricultural damage claims.

FAMILY  

Sally Ackerman ‘00 and her husband George announce the birth of their daughter, Sophie, on October 15, 2008.  She was 7lbs 11oz and 19 ½ inches long.

Brett Perry ‘94 and Angela Douglas were married on July 26, 2008.

OBITUARIES  

Leanne M. Gerten '88 passed away on October 19, 2008 at the age of 46.